A temazcal is a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic indigenous people in Mesoamerica. The word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl word temazcalli, or possibly from the Aztec teme, which means ‘bathe’, and calli, which translates into ‘house’.
In ancient Mesoamerica, hot springs were used as part of a curative ceremony to purify the body after exertion, after a battle or a ceremonial ball game. It was also used for healing the sick, improving health, and for women to give birth. It continues to be used today in indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica for spiritual and health reasons. It is currently being rediscovered by all sectors of society in Mexico and Central America and is used as a cleansing of mind, body and spirit.
The bath is prepared with steam and aromatic and medicinal herbs, which rises from volcanic stones, previously heated to a high temperature, located at the center of a small rustic building made out of mud, stone, leaves and wood coming from trees that grow in the area. It is a very warm place, in which a guide, through songs and prayers, leads the participants to help them come in contact with themselves and with the fundamental elements of nature.
San Miguel de Allende, Cuernavaca, Xochitepec, Temixco and the Magic Towns of Tepoztlan and Tlayacapan are places where you will find temazcal’s. A step away from the usual hiking or wine tasting tours on offer, temazcal experiences are different and exceptional in every way.